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Title: Baltimore County Celebrates “Bike to Work Day” on Friday, May 17

Seven “Pit Stop” Events Promote Healthy, Eco-friendly Commuting

Bike commuting is a fun way to reduce carbon emissions and improve your health as you travel to and from work. Baltimore County Government and Commuter Connections, in partnership with the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, is sponsoring a “Bike to Work Day” pit stop event on Friday, May 17 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the Washington Avenue side of the Historic Courthouse in downtown Towson. People who live and/or work in Baltimore County are invited to participate.

The event is free and pre-registration is encouraged. Bike riders who register by May 15 at BiketoWorkMd.com will receive a complimentary t-shirt and the chance to win other prizes. Event refreshments will be provided by the Baltimore County Employees Federal Credit Union.

There are seven “Bike to Work” pit stops around the County, offering refreshments, giveaways and networking opportunities to bike-riding commuters. Locations include:

  1. Towson—Historic Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue
  2. Catonsville—Catonsville Fire Station 756 Frederick Road
  3. CCBC Catonsville—800 South Rolling Road
  4. CCBC Essex—7201 Rossville Boulevard
  5. CCBC Dundalk—7200 Sollers Point Road
  6. Timonium—REI, 63 West Aylesbury Road
  7. Woodlawn—CMS Headquarters, 7500 Security Boulevard

“Bike to Work Day” is celebrated each May around the country during National Bike Month to promote bicycle commuting as a healthy option, and enhance awareness of its safety and environmental benefits. The event helps to increase public awareness of the rules of the road for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists, while highlighting the need to improve bike lanes and safety measures. Events throughout the Baltimore region feature group convoy rides, bicycle tune-ups, riding challenges and more.

“Our participation in ‘Bike to Work Day’ is a great way to introduce people to the idea of riding their bikes to work,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “In addition it highlights the many benefits of bike riding, like exercise, and it also calls attention to opportunities to enhance biking safety and create an environment conducive for walking and bicycling.”

The Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC) oversees a comprehensive program for improving the County’s roadways for pedestrians and bicycle riders. Information on the County’s pedestrian and bicycle planning and implementation programs can be found on the County website.

Biking Makes for a Happier Commute

“As a long time commuter I realized after I retired, how much I missed my bike/train commute. It was often the high point of my day and I really liked my job,” said Charlie Murphy, a board member of Catonsville Rails to Trails, who is coordinating the Catonsville “Bike to Work Day” pit stop. 

People who commute by bike report being three times happier than those who drive themselves to work, according to a recent study by Portland State University’s Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning.

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Revised September 11, 2017